Monday, 20 October 2014
Does controversy ever sell the book? (Giveaway)
I’ve been writing since grade school, and discovered very early that it was what I wanted to do with my life–tell stories that would make people smile and escape from life’s troubles and stresses. Romance was what appealed to me, and throughout the course of my writing career, despite mixing and crossing genres often, romance is always an integral part of my stories. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life.
My first major fantasy novel was AS FATE DECREES. (Available in bookstores everywhere, and on Amazon’s international sites.) The novel relies heavily on Greek Mythology, and is set in Ancient Greece and modern Athens. Six months after release the book was nominated for a major fantasy award, and made it through to the final ballot, placing second. It’s a book about Gods, Destiny, and the battles of an Eternal Champion, and not surprisingly, there’s a touch of romance throughout, of course!
I signed my first professional contract in 2004 after winning a contest with a story written in twenty-four hours, and submitted under the wire. Prior to that, I’d published approximately two hundred fan fictions, which also won awards at conventions. Once I signed the first contract, I never looked back, and I’ve worked with over a dozen publishing houses in the past nine years, including Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing. My goal has always been to write sensual, exciting romances.